Bobby Brazier praises ‘welcoming’ EastEnders family ahead of BBC One soap debut

Bobby Brazier has praised his "welcoming" EastEnders family ahead of his debut on the hit BBC One soap in autumn.

It was announced in July that the 19-year-old, who is the son of the late Jade Goody, will be joining Albert Square as the "chaotic" Freddie Slater.

And now Bobby, whose father is Jeff Brazier, has praised the "welcoming" EastEnders cast and crew, especially Lacey Turner, who plays Stacey Slater.

He said: "I feel so lucky, there has been so much support and people are really excited to see him, it has been received with a lot of love. I am excited for people to see, I feel supported.

"I feel like people want the best for me. Also the fact that I feel that off-set makes me feel more comfortable on-set and it means I can learn quicker and become a better actor, which is what I am here to do."

Praising the cast and crew, Bobby continued: "Everyone from the scriptwriters to the catering, all the cast, there is not a stand-out person but they have made me feel so welcome so quickly, I feel really lucky because I feel very early on I slid into a place of calmness.

"I feel like it translates on-screen so I don’t look stupid like I don’t know what I’m doing and that is purely because of everyone around me just making me feel so comfortable.

"I had Zoom calls before coming in and people were saying it’s like a real family here and there is a lot of love here, I came here and felt it straight away by everyone.

"I want to give a special mention to Lacey. Lacey feels like home, she doesn’t realise how beautiful and funny she is."

While Executive Producer, Chris Clenshaw, added that it was Bobby's "energy" and "twinkle" that helped him secure the role of Freddie on the BBC One soap.

Chris said: "We were doing our usual casting process and we always look for new talent and I saw Bobby’s social media.

"We were already conceiving Freddie, building this character and there was some of what I saw in Bobby that I thought would be perfect for Freddie.

"His energy, his twinkle, his spiritual side, so then we brought Bobby in to audition along with some others and he just blew us away with his performance, he really did, and he is Freddie Slater."

Soap watchers will recall that Freddie was last seen in Walford in May 2006 when he and Little Mo, played by Kacey Ainsworth, left to start a new life away from Walford.

Now an 18-year-old Freddie is set to arrive on The Square as he finds himself on a mission that could end in heartbreak…

Teasing what viewers can expect from Freddie, a spoiler reads: "A bundle of energy and a truckload of trouble, Freddie Slater has a heart of gold but can’t help getting himself into mischief.

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"While he’s sweet like his mum, he certainly isn’t shy and manages to cause a stir wherever he goes – but is he a true Slater at heart?"

EastEnders continues on BBC One on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm on BBC One.

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